I am pursuing my second Master's degree from EWU. I have a Master's in Education and was a high school biology teacher in Western Washington. I have returned to the Cheney area to obtain my Master's in biology with a focus in freshwater aquatic ecosystems. My area of interest is in invasive species and gastropods. I will be conducting research on the distribution and diversity of snails near Lewiston Idaho. I will be determining if New Zealand mud snails have invaded the Snake River below Hell's Canyon between the Grand Ronde River and the Clearwater River. I will also be conducting laboratory experiments to determine the extent of competition between native snails and New Zealand mud snails and possibly determine the underlying reason(s) for these competitive interactions.
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